AA Upper India.
We as senior citizens protest the proposed amendment to ban
seniors from driving beyond 72 years. Look at the statistics
and you will find its the younger lot who account for road
rage, rash & Drunken driving, overspeeding, complete disregard
for traffic rules....etc. They get driving licences at the
drop of a hat from an equally incompetent issuing authority
who have no idea of the fundamental rules. Result is mayhem
on the roads. What was not there only a few years earlier,
now first time owners of cars, all youngsters who were earlier
on a M/cyles, turn on to a main road w/o looking or, when
there is no gap, carry on driving on the wrong side till they
can suddenly flip onto the left side at a given time down
the lane. Others have now taken to taking a U-turn without
going around the roundabout, regardless of the danger they
pose to others, besides themselves. All of them 100% youngsters!
On the main G.T. road it is common to see a truck or a tractor
approaching you on your left and right at the same time....no
traffic police bothers as it is considered quite normal.
About the motorcyclists, they are so arrogantly rude and undisciplined
on the road, that the less said the better. And who are they-
all youngsters! In Delhi they actually demolish road dividers
at places of their convenience to take short cuts. Yet no
one bothers, despite their damaging national property and
endangering the lives and vehicles of other road users! Doing
anything about them is too much trouble! Instead, we senior
citizens are easy target. In the process the typical Indian
way of showing ' something' is being done without bothering
to address the main problem at hand and which takes an effort,
is being proposed to be followed aimlessly.
We senior citizens are far more bothered about hurting our
bones and drive much more carefully. Yet they want to ban
us instead, so that the mayhem can continue on the roads.
In one television show on travel, a foreign commentator 'sarcastically'
stated that there is mayhem on Indian roads with no discernible
rules being observed and that the general approach is ' Lane
driving is optional and overtaking is compulsory" being
the general attitude! In another instant, a British traffic
policeman on a visit stated in the newspaper that he was aghast
at what he observed on the Indian roads. That between the
airport and the hotel he found such brazen disregard of basic
regulations that, because of the danger they posed to themselves
and others on the road, in a city like London, he would have
made numerous arrests. But in India...Que Sera Sera!
Issuing of licences should be outsourced, by law, to an NGO
or a totally independent regulator who employs only globally
competent personnel to teach and then test license seekers
before they are approved. Thereafter, just and objective enforcement
has to be thought through to make the effort effective.
Yet it doesn't bother us!
So what do we do, kick the nearest dog!
AA Upper India.
Kindly refer to a press news appeared in the Times of India
on 16th January, 2010 vide which a proposal is being finalised
to debar Senior Citizens at the age of 72 years & above
to drive their own vehicles. In this connection, it is pointed
out that Senior Citizens even at the age of 80 years &
above are driving safely in compression to younger generations.
If they are debarred, then they will be at the mercy of Threewheelers/Taxi
at the risk of their own life as most of them are living alone
and has to attend their day to day activities by driving themselves.
The Council is representing senior Citizens all over Delhi
& a list of 603 active Senior Citizens may kindly be seen
from pages 115 to 148 in the place below Souvenir-2008. I
therefore, request you to take up the above issue with the
Ministry of Surface & Transpor, Govt. of India, New Delhi
as your Association is the largest motoring organisation.
AA Upper India.
I have read the AAUI President's article in The Upper India
Motorist issue of Feb-2010 with interest and some concern.
The entire issue of restraining or prohibiting the elderlys
from driving on the apprehension of their capacity or habits
or limitations is misplaced in my views. In fact it is the
youngers who are more unruly in driving on the roads. One
does often suspects that driving licenses are issued/obtained
without properly testing their ability to drive. This phenomenon
hardly ever exists in the case of elederly citizens who by
nature are more sober & careful - may be somewhat slow
in driving on the roads. Most accidents involve only younger
In view of the above I do not at all support any amendment
to the Central Motor Vehicle Act only for the elders. The
present Act itself provides for the required checks etc while
renewing the driving licenses. What is really required is
observance of the provisions of the Act while issuing &
renewing the licenses - uniformly for all.
I can be contacted on telephone no. 9811671671
AA Upper India
I would like to state as an AAUI member, and for the record,
declare that this "72 years driving age limit" proposal
(brought to my notice by "The Upper India Motorist":
Vol. No. 60, Issue No. 2, February 2010) is perverse, uncivil
Sure, let's test elderly citizens over a certain age for their
driving skills in the name of road safety...
All I can add, concerning this moronic proposal, is that I
know many otherwise healthy teen-agers who, in my opinion,
are far, far more dangerous on the roads than several octogenarian
drivers, whom I have the privilege of knowing...
So, what's wrong with a simple eye/reflex test for the over-72's?
Is Mr Kamal Nath, Union Minister, listening...?
Or do the wretched, semi-educated, "Babu's" - who
have framed our laws since time immemorial (their elected
political masters being always too busy elsewhere, to deal
with such mundane matters, matters which they were presumably
elected to resolve).